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Victor Moses and former Chelsea star Mikel John Obi were selected in Nigeria’s XI to face England at Wembley on Saturday, while defender Kenneth Omeruo came off the bench in the second period.

Chelsea captain Gary Cahill broke the deadlock with a fine header before Harry Kane doubled the score before halftime. Arsenal star Iwobi pulled one back for Super Eagles but England were able to see out the win in their first warm-up friendly ahead of World Cup 2018 in Russia.

Cahill said after the game: “We played against a good team, they are a strong side having players all around Europe as well as in the Premier League. In the second half they changed and we had to adapt to the change. It took 10 minutes, which I think is probably something we will touch upon this week. We saw the game out and we won the game. 

“I bring experience but I am also competing with the rest of squad. I ve still got something to offer, I got that chance to score today and it was a fantastic delivery from Trippier. It’s a great group to be involved with, the team has a lot of positive to take from today”. 

Cahill also backed Manchester City star Raheem Sterling, who was booked for diving in the second half: “Raheem has been fantastic with it all, he manages that situation very, very well. Kept working hard, kept his focus and I think today you saw a performance that, apart from scoring a goal, he was very lively. So, credit to him”.



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Chelsea player Willian had just few words to say yesterday in Wembley‘s mixed zone after the Blues win over Manchester United.

As reported by Manchester Evening News, when asked by reporters to comment on the game and Chelsea’s win, the Brazilian player just said “I have to go” and left the mixed zone.

Yesterday Willian played just few minutes in stoppage time and started the game on the bench; moreover, according to various speculations he is a Mourinho‘s target for the next summer transfer window and the relationship between the Brazilian and manager Antonio Conte is not very good.

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Everything has changed for Victor Moses in 12 months: last year the Nigerian player was sent off during the Fa Cup final vs Arsenal and Chelsea lost the game; yesterday, on the other hand, Moses himself played an important role in the Blues win over Manchester United.

I am very pleased. After what happened last year this was different and we are very pleased to win the game,” Victor Moses admitted to Chelsea official website.

Victor Moses also praised the team, their attitude in the first half, and their strenght in the second part of the game: “I thought we were tremendous. Man United kept coming at us second half. In the first half I thought we had done very well and should have scored more goals, but we kept it cool and we were very solid at the back. We know we have the ability to defend”. the Nigerian went on. “All the lads who have never won it before are very happy and we are very happy to win this FA Cup, it is very important for us.”

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Chelsea face Manchester United in the FA Cup Final at Wembley today. Here’s some team news and our predicted line-ups

Team News


  • Emerson Palmieri is the only absent for tonight’s clash, as Antonio Conte confirmed when asked to give an injury update during his press conference at Cobham.


  • Romelu Lukaku is still a doubt despite he has travelled with the squad ahead of the game;
  • Also Marouane Fellaini and Anthony Martial are expected to miss out on the starting line-up;

Predicted Line Ups

CHELSEA (3-5-1-1) Courtois, Rüdiger, Cahill, Azpilicueta, Alonso, Kanté, Bakayoko, Fàbregas, Moses, Hazard, Giroud

MANCHESTER UNITED (4-3-3) De Gea, Valencia, Smalling, Jones, Young, Pogba, Matic, Herrera, Lingard, Lukaku, Sanchez

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José Mourinho has got a message for Chelsea fans ahead of FA Cup final today at Wembley.

The current Manchester United manager was once a hero at Stamford Bridge but since he joined the Old Trafford side he became one of the worst enemies of the Blues fans, who arrived also to brand him as “Judas”.

“If the supporters hate me, dislike me or disrespect me, that’s something I cannot control,” said Mourinho, as per The Mirror.

“The only thing I say in relation to Chelsea supporters is that since my first day in 2004 until my last day when I was sacked a couple of years ago, they were with me unconditionally.

“That I will never forget because they did what I think great supporters do, which is to support their manager unconditionally until the last day.

“They supported me every day. They supported me every match. They supported me even on the days I was sacked, twice.”

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Chelsea hero Roberto Di Matteo is convinced Roman Abramovich should keep faith with Antonio Conte also in the next season.

The manager brought the Champions League to Stamford Bridge on this day in 2011/12 campaign. Di Matteo has no doubt it will be a “fantastic clash” at Wembley with “Mourinho against his past”, as Hernan Crespo told us in mixed zone as well.


“Who will win the final? Of course I will cheer for Chelsea, Robbie said to ChelseaNews24 reporter after the legends game at Stamford Bridge last night “But I am sure it will be a great game, the two clubs have got a great history in this competition.

“It will  be a great game, Wembley is always a wonderful stadium where they play big matches, I hope Chelsea will win.

“I say, again, that would be fair to continue with Antonio [Conte] for the stability of the club and also because he gave a good foundation to the team and the club itself.”

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Hernan Crespo believes today’s FA Cup final against Manchester United will be crucial for Chelsea future, since also Antonio Conte’s Stamford Bridge career will depend on the result of this important clash:

“I hope tomorrow Chelsea win because ‘once a Blues, always a Blues,” the former Inter and Chelsea player said to ChelseaNews24 after legends game at Stamford Bridge last night.

“It will be a great match because it’s a face to face with Mourinho and Conte, Mourinho against his past…so it will be great, the atmosphere will be great in Wembley.

“I think that something can change in the future of Antonio Conte, it all depends from tomorrow´s [ today´s] result, then…it could be a great match!”

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte believes his family will snub the Royal Wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at St George’s Chapel as “they know the importance of FA Cup Final” at Wembley.

The Italian said: “I hope my family will be more interested in the FA Cup final” said Conte. “I am sure of this also because they know the importance of my job, my work. They’ve always backed me in every moment of my life”.

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Chelsea legend Frank Lampard has his say ahead of tomorrow’s Fa Cup final at Wembley.

Many believe Paul Pogba can make the difference in favour of Manchester United, but the former Blues’ midfielder thinks in a different way.  “I don’t know what Pogba is. He makes bad decisions but then does fantastic things which must wreck Jose’s head”. Lampard said as reported by The Mirror. “Pogba is naturally more talented than I was, he would run all over me and has better feet, but there’s no point dribbling in your own half. All that ‘flick and roll of the studs’, I’m not an advocate of that. A lot of young players see it on YouTube and think it’s amazing but I don’t like it.”

So, according to Frank Lampard is another player who can shine tomorrow at Wembley. “If the right Eden Hazard turns up he can be the match-winner.” the Blues legend said.

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N’Golo Kanté reckons Chelsea can beat Manchester United in next Saturday FA Cup final.

Speaking to his club official website about this game on Saturday evening, the French midfielder said:

“Every final is different.

“We have played Manchester United twice this season, we have won once and lost once, and I think we have our chances of winning this game and getting this trophy.”


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